THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN CRYPTO

- 2022 Edition -


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Vitalik Buterin
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Vitalik Buterin is Founder of Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency platform after Bitcoin. A researcher and developer, he also co-founded Bitcoin Magazine. Ethereum, called a “decentralized mining network and software development platform rolled into one” went live in 2015 with 65 million Ether (ETH) coins. Its market capitalization was around $16 billion in early 2020 (Bitcoin’s was around $150 billion).

Sam Bankman-Fried
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Sam Bankman-Fried is CEO at the cryptocurrency derivative exchange FTX. They offer financial products such as options, leveraged tokens, derivatives, and volatility products and serve both experienced and novice traders. He is also CEO of Alameda Research, a cryptocurrency trading fund managing $70 million in assets and trading $1 billion per day in every global market and exchange.

Changpeng Zhao
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Changpeng Zhao is CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, launched in 2015. He was number three on the Forbes 2018 list of The Richest People in Cryptocurrency. Prior to this, he was Head of Development at Blockchain and Chief Technology Officer of OK Coin. He also developed trading software at Bloomberg and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Brian Armstrong
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Brian Armstrong is Co-founder and CEO at the open cryptocurrency trading platform and wallet Coinbase. He also co-founded GiveCrypto, a platform for philanthropy that encourages giving cryptocurrency to underprivileged people who otherwise could not access finance or investment opportunities. Prior to this, he founded UniversityTutor.com and worked at Airbnb, IBM, and Deloitte.

Elizabeth Stark
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Elizabeth Stark is Co-founder and CEO at Lightning Labs, which created the open source, secure, and scalable Lightning Network to transfer money efficiently. They also offer financial services and Bitcoin software. A former instructor in privacy, peer-to-peer technology, and the future of the internet at Yale and Stanford, she is also a fellow at Coin Center and a startup mentor.

Michael Saylor
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Michael Saylor is Founder, Chairman, and CEO at MicroStrategy, an enterprise analytics and mobility software company (the largest business intelligence company that is publicly traded), which invested $425 million in Bitcoin as a safer alternative to gold and bonds. He also created Saylor Academy, a free online education platform, and wrote “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.”

Nayib Bukele
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Nayib Bukele is a Salvadoran politician and businessman who has been the country's 43rd president since June 1st, 2019. President Bukele said on June 5th, 2021, that he planned to propose a measure to the Legislative Assembly that would make El Salvador the inaugural country to make BTC legal tender. The measure was adopted by the Legislative Assembly on June 8th, 2021, and was set to go into effect on September 7, 2021. President Bukele declared on September 6th, 2021, that the Salvadoran government had purchased its first 400 BTC. The Bitcoin Law went into force the next day, making the flagship crypto legal tender in El Salvador in a historic moment.

Jack Dorsey
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Jack Dorsey is Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and Founder and CEO of the financial services company Square. In October 2020, Square invested $50 million (25% of their assets) in Bitcoin, and he has said that Bitcoin is “probably the best” internet currency. He also plans to establish Bluesky, a non-profit platform developing blockchain social media protocols.

Chris Dixon
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Chris Dixon is General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and a leader of its crypto funds ($865 million). They believe in the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies for store of value, payments, DeFi, and new monetization methods. Prior to this, he was Founder and CEO of SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee) and Hunch (acquired by eBay).

Meltem Demirors
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Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, an industry-leading digital asset fund managing $1+ billion. She was also an Inaugural Member of the Blockchain Council at World Economic Forum. She lectures on blockchain at Oxford and is Advisor for Future Commerce at MIT Media Lab. Prior to this, she was Vice President at Digital Currency Group.

Devin Finzer
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Devin Finzer is a technology executive as well as entrepreneur from the United States. He is the co-founder and current CEO of OpenSea, the biggest NFT marketplace in the world. His work on ushering in and consistently improving the NFT sector has been essential in the industry's continued success.

Anatoly Yakovenko
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Anatoly Yakovenko is a Russian computer engineer and Solana (SOL) project co-founder. In fact, he was the one who wrote the white paper on Solana. From a very young age, Anatoly was enamored with computers while growing up in the Soviet Union. After a while, he finally left to America to start his own life.

Hester Peirce
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Hester Maria Peirce serves as a Commissioner working with the SEC in the United States and is an American lawyer. She formerly worked at George Mason University's Mercatus Center as the Director of the Financial Markets Working Group. President Donald J. Trump selected her to join the Securities and Exchange Commission, and she was sworn in on January 11th, 2018.

Jihan Wu
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Jihan Wu is Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO at Bitmain Technologies, a semiconductor company offering servers, chips, and cloud solutions for AI and blockchain. Their products include the cryptocurrency mining platform Antpool, blockchain supercomputing hardware Antminer, and the mining pool and block explorer BTC.com. Prior to this, he was Investment Manager at China Grand Prosperity Investment.

Punk 6529
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Punk 6529 owns a number of rare, precious NFTs and has over 240,000 followers on Twitter. The followers actively discuss everything from the future of the metaverse to SEC regulation to wealth disparity. Many believe Punk 6529 to be among the top NFT afficionados and his advice is highly sought after in the NFT community.

Barry Silbert
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Barry Silbert is Founder and CEO of the pivotal blockchain company Digital Currency Group, parent company of CoinDesk, Grayscale, Genesis, Foundry, and Luno. Prior to this, he was Founder and CEO of SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ). He was Crain’s and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and appeared on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list.

Charles Hoskinson
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Charles Hoskinson is Co-founder of Input Output HK (IOHK), an industry-leading blockchain and cryptocurrency research company serving academic institutions, corporations, and government agencies. Co-founder of Invictus Innovations (Bitshares Network) and Ethereum, he was Founding Chairman of the educational committee of the Bitcoin Foundation and founded the Cryptocurrency Research Group. He also led development of the cryptocurrency Cardano in 2017.

Beeple
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Michael Joseph Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, is a digital artist, graphic designer, and animator from the United States. He is recognized for employing a variety of mediums to create hilarious, phantasmagoric pieces that offer political and social criticism while referencing pop culture characters. Winkelmann began selling NFTs in February 2021. The first two Beeple NFTs were auctioned off at ETHDenver, and more had been sold via Nifty Gateway in November 2020. Among those NFTs, a non-fungible token known as Crossroad sold for about $66,666 and resold for $6.7 million in February 2021.

Raoul Pal
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Raoul Pal is Founder and CEO of Real Vision, a “disruptive financial media brand” exploring business, finance, and economics using long-form interviews and in-depth research and analysis. He is also Founder and CEO of The Global Macro Investor, an investment strategy research firm serving major hedge, pension, sovereign wealth, and family funds.

Alex Mashinsky
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Alex Mashinsky is an American entrepreneur and inventor who built a number of well-known technological companies in the United States. He developed Arbinet in 1996 as a commodities market for telecommunication firms to sell idle long-distance minutes, and he is named more than 50 patents. Additioanlly,  Alex has generated over $1.5 billion as the creator of eight firms and three Unicorns, with over $3 billion in exits, and currently leads the Celsius team with more than $25 billion in crypto assets.

Adam Back
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Adam Back is Co-founder and CEO of Blockstream, a blockchain and Bitcoin technology company and creators of Liquid, a sidechain-based network. A cryptographer, he is a leader in “Bitcoin-like” currencies and creator of Hashcash. He has been suggested to be the mysterious figure Satoshi Nakamoto (which he denies), and he was one of eight references in his Bitcoin white paper.

Gavin Wood
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Gavin Wood is President and Founder at Web3 Foundation, developers of the Polkadot Protocol that will allow a completely decentralized web by enabling independent blockchains to exchange information and execute transactions. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Ethereum, inventor of its Solidity contract language, and author of the Yellow Paper, which was the first blockchain protocol to be formally specified.

Mike Novogratz
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Michael Edward Novogratz is a former partner of the financial company known as Fortress Investment Group in the United States. He is the current CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners, which mainly concentrates on crypto investments. He had a wrestling career at Princeton University, where he was a two-time All-Ivy League pick, EIWA place winner, and NCAA qualifier. Novogratz also has an A.B. in economics.

Sandeep Nailwal
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Sandeep Nailwal is the founder of Polygon (MATIC) and an Indian entrepreneur. Nailwal is also the creator of the Crypto Covid Relief Fund in India. He graduated from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering with a Master of Business Administration in Technology, Finance, and Supply Chain Management in 2014.

Cathie Wood
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Cathie Wood is Founder, CEO, and CIO at ARK Invest, an investment advisory that only invests in disruptive innovations. With 40+ years of experience, she was CIO of Global Thematic Strategies at AllianceBernstein (managing $5+ billion) and Co-founder of hedge fund Tupelo Capital Management. She was named one of 50 people shaping global business by Bloomberg, among other recognitions.

Chamath Palihapitiya
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is a venture capitalist, engineer, SPAC sponsor and the founder and CEO of Social Capital. Palihapitiya was an early senior executive at Facebook and is a minority stakeholder and board member of the Golden State Warriors. He was also an early investor in Bitcoin, and at one point personally held roughly 5% of the circulating supply of Bitcoin. He is an outspoken activist for decentralization and democrotization of power.

Kathleen Breitman
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Kathleen Breitman is CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions and Co-founder at Tezos, a self-amending cryptographic ledger, and creator of the unreleased blockchain-based trading card game Emergents. Prior to this, she was Senior Strategy Associate at the large financial consortium R3 CEV and worked in strategy at Accenture. She was also a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal.

Hayden Adams
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Hayden Adams is Founder of Uniswap, a decentralized trading protocol for ERC-20 tokens on Ethereum. Uniswap automates liquidity and removes the need for intermediaries, and it eclipsed CoinBase in trading volume in 2020. Prior to this, he was an engineer at Siemens and at Vista Wearable.

Francis Suarez
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Francis Xavier Suarez is the 43rd mayor of Miami and an American lawyer and politician. Suarez is a crypto-friendly politician who has advocated for Miami's growth as a cryptocurrency metropolis. Suarez was named one of Fortune magazine's World's 50 Greatest Leaders in 2021. He declared in September 2021 that his ultimate aim for the city of Miami is to remove taxes. Instead, he aims to support the city's operations through the issuing and ongoing mining of MiamiCoin, a city-specific blockchain coin. He additionally indicated that Miami is considering allowing citizens to be paid in BTC and to pay their taxes in Bitcoin. Finally, Suarez became the first U.S. politician to be paid in crypto in November 2021.

Joseph Lubin
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Joseph Lubin is Co-founder of Ethereum and Founder of ConsenSys, a blockchain studio and consultancy creating decentralized applications, developer tools, and enterprise solutions on Ethereum. Their products include Quorum, Codefi, Infura, MetaMask, Truffle, and Diligence and manage billions of dollars in assets for millions of users. Prior to this, he was in technology and research at companies including Goldman Sachs.

Uri Kolodny
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Uri Kolodny is the CEO and Co-Founder of StarkWare, a company that creates zero-knowledge proof technology for permissionless blockchains using technology created at Technion by Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson and Michael Riabzev. For the past two decades, Uri has been an entrepreneur in optical communications, medical products, cleantech, and software. Uri holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Hebrew University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. He is also a graduate of the 8200's Haman Talpiot program.

Lyn Alden
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Lyn Alden is a Bitcoin OG and the Founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy. She has been providing investment research for over 15 years in various public and private capacities. Her background lies at the intersection of engineering and finance and her insights have been featured on almost every major news outlet in the cryptocurrency space.

Jeremy Allaire
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Jeremy Allaire is Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Circle, a global distributed payment system using blockchain. They created USD Coin (USDC), the fastest-growing, fully regulated digital dollar stablecoin. USDC increased by 500% in 2020, to a $2.9 billion market cap. Prior to this, he led Brightcove, Macromedia, and other companies, and served on the IMF’s High-Level Advisory Group on FinTech.

Tyler Winklevoss
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Tyler Winklevoss is Co-Founder and CEO of Gemini (with his twin brother Cameron), a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian with industry-leading security and instantaneous transfers, featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, and others. He is also Principal of Winklevoss Capital. Prior to this, he was an Olympian on the US Rowing Team.

Cameron Winklevoss
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Cameron Winklevoss is Principal at Winklevoss Capital and Co-founder and President of Gemini (with his twin brother Tyler), an important cryptocurrency exchange. Prior to this, he was a US Olympic Rower. He is a cryptocurrency advocate who believes that Bitcoin will succeed as a safe haven against inflation and an alternative to gold.

Stani Kulechov
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Stani Kulechov is Founder and CEO of Aave, a lending startup using Ethereum and “a decentralized, open-source, and non-custodial liquidity protocol.” Its unique elements include fixed-rate lending pools funded by depositors, aTokens accruing real-time interest, flash loans, and credit delegation. Aave was one of PwC’s Top 50 Blockchain Startups.

Marc Andreessen
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Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser; co-founder of Netscape; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. His firm is one of the largest global investors in cryptocurrency start-ups.

Elon Musk
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Elon Musk is a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor. He is SpaceX's founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer; Tesla, Inc.'s angel investor, CEO, and Product Architect; The Boring Company's founder; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. Elon has long been an avid supporter of crypto and was one of if not the biggest contributor to Dogecoin's success. He is also the new owner of Twitter Inc., is among the world's richest individuals and commands a global following of millions.

Ryan Selkis
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Ryan Selkis is Founder and CEO at Messari, a crypto data and market intelligence startup. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of CoinDesk during its acquisition, as it grew revenue 7x in 18 months and organized the largest industry event, Consensus 2017. Prior to this, he was Director of Growth and in the founding team at Digital Currency Group.

Sergey Nazarov
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Sergey Nazarov is Co-founder of Chainlink and Co-founder and CEO of SmartContract, connecting smart contracts to external data, APIs, and bank payment networks and proving functionality to these tamper-proof contracts. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of Secure Asset Exchange, smart contracts for real-time revenue sharing, and Co-founder and CEO of CryptaMail, a decentralized, secure email service.

Peter Smith
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Peter Smith is CEO and Co-Founder of Blockchain, the leading financial technology for digital currencies and distributed ledgers and the top Bitcoin wallet, API, and network data platform. He was a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2016 and appeared in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, and at numerous conferences.

Gavin Andresen
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Gavin Andresen is Founder and Chief Scientist at Bitcoin Foundation. Prior to this, he was Lead Core Bitcoin Developer at TruCoin, leading development of Bitcoin’s client software. His other projects include the website The Bitcoin Faucet and Bitcoin XT. He blogs and tweets about crypto, technology, and current events.

Olaf Carlson-Wee
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Olaf Carlson-Wee is Founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, one of the top cryptocurrency and blockchain investment funds, with investments in 48 companies. He believes that cryptocurrency will begin “the greatest wealth transfer of our lifetimes.” Prior to this, he was Founder and Managing Member at Cryptographic Financial and Head of Risk and Product Manager at Coinbase (their first employee).

Jean-Louis van der Velde
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J. L. van der Velde is CEO at Bitfinex, a digital asset trading platform that was one of the first to offer cryptocurrency trading. He is also CEO of Tether, a system for frictionless payment clearing that is being beta tested. Prior to this, he founded or was CEO of Asian technology companies including PAG Asia and Tuxia.

Jesse Powell
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Jesse Powell is Co-founder and CEO at Kraken Exchange, a digital asset exchange platform supporting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Namecoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Dogecoin, and Stellar, as well as fiat currencies. He is also Founder and CEO of the gamer community and MMORPG-related projects Lewt and Internet Ventures and Holdings, as well as Founder and Board Member for Verge Center for the Arts.

Rune Christensen
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Rune Christensen is Co-founder and CEO of MakerDAO, issuers of the first stablecoin for the Ethereum blockchain, Dai. MakerDAO keeps Dai stable using smart contracts that respond to the changing market. Prior to this, he Co-founded the international recruitment agency Try China. He tweets about crypto, news, MakerDAO, and Dai.

Paul Tudor Jones
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Paul Tudor Jones is Founder, Chief Investment Officer, and Co-chairman of Tudor Investment Corporation, as well as a billionaire who capitalized on the 1987 stock market crash. After making waves in May 2020 by advocating for Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation similar to gold, in October he made more enthusiastic statements, saying “it’s got a long way to go.”

Ben Goertzel
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Ben Goertzel is CEO of Singularity.net, an open market for AIs using blockchain, aiming to democratize AI creation, access, and benefits. He is also AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) Advisor to the VanHealthing CryptoFund of Biotech Innovations and Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and Open Cog. His interests include philosophy of mind, consciousness, complex systems, theoretical physics, and metaphysics.

Dan Tapiero
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Dan is a seasoned Global Macro investor and GBI co-founder. He has worked as a portfolio manager as well as analyst for a variety of reputable investors, including Michael Steinhardt, Lord Rothschild, Steve Cohen, Stan Druckenmiller, and Julian Robertson. He established DTAP Capital, a global macro fund, in 2004, and co-founded AGCOA, a private US agricultural REIT, in 2007, GBI in 2008, and US Farm Trust in 2013. He is a member of the New York Economic Club and Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Dan is also on the investment committee of the Lawrenceville School, where he serves on the board of directors.

Zac Prince
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Zac Prince is Founder and CEO at BlockFi, blockchain-powered wealth management software for investors in cryptocurrencies, offering interest-bearing accounts, credit, and trading. He also founded the blog Better Finance Guru about innovative investment products. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Cognical, a retail point-of-sale lending business.

Dan Morehead
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Dan Morehead is Founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, the first US investment firm with funds in cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Investing solely in blockchain technologies, they are now one of the largest institutional crypto holders. He is also Chairman of Bitstamp, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange. Prior to this, he founded Atriax and worked at Deutsche Bank.

Joyce Kim
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Joyce Kim is Co-founder and Executive Director of Stellar, an open payment network using blockchain to bridge global and digital currencies and assets, with the intention of helping everyone access financial services. It is built to handle both microtransactions and large payments, as well as foreign exchange and low-fee cross-border transactions. She is also Managing Partner at SparkChain Capital.

Su Zhu
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Su Zhu serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of Three Arrows Capital Ltd, a Singapore-based hedge fund. In 2012, Su Zhu co-founded the firm with Kyle Davies, and they are currently among the world's largest crypto holders, with a portfolio that is worth billions in USD.

Mark Yusko
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Mark W. Yusko is a hedge fund manager and investor from the United States. Morgan Creek Capital Management, an investment management business which guides pension funds, endowments, and affluent individuals, was founded by Mark and he also serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director.

Michael Egorov
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Michael Egorov serves as Curve Finance's Founder and CEO. Michael is a Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology physicist and scientist. Prior to Curve Finance, Egorov co-founded NuCypher and LoanCoin, and additionally worked at LinkedIn as well. Michael also has a PhD in physics from Swinburne University.

Brandon Chez
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Brandon Chez is Founder and CEO of CoinMarketCap, one of the most-visited sources of cryptocurrency rankings, data, and guides. Their CMC Alexandria project brings together work by cryptocurrency’s most important experts and their in-house writers to provide in-depth information, news, and analysis. He also founded the top cryptocurrency publication CoinTelegraph.

Fred Ehrsam
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Fred Ehrsam is Co-founder of the early-stage crypto and blockchain investment fund Paradigm, whose investors include Sequoia Capital and Yale University. Co-founder and Board Member of the crypto exchange platform Coinbase, he appeared on 30 Under 30 lists in both Time and Forbes. Prior to this, he was a trader at Goldman Sachs.

Sebastien Borget
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Sébastien Borget is the COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox (SAND), a digital environment where users can create, control, and sell their gaming experiences with NFTs and SAND, the platform's main utility currency. The Sandbox was among the first projects to help bring the metaverse concept to the mainstream. Sébastien is also the President of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance.

Andreas Antonopoulos
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Andreas Antonopoulos is a blockchain, cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin educator. The Co-host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin and presenter of the Pragma workshops, he wrote the bestselling books “Mastering Bitcoin” and “Mastering Ethereum,” and published the book series “The Internet of Money.” He has appeared in media outlets including The Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN, CBS, NBC, and BBC.

Naval Ravikant
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Naval Ravikant is a venture capitalist and Managing Partner at the early-stage social media investment fund Hit Forge. An advocate for cryptocurrencies and blockchain, he backed the crypto index fund HOLD 10 and writes about these technologies on his blog, and Twitter. He is also Founder, CEO, and Chairman at the AI decision-making enterprise Vast.com

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A Dutch Bitcoin analyst by the name of Plan B claims to have 25 years of institutional investing experience but prefers to remain unknown. This individual originally became known as Plan B after publishing a study in early 2019 which attempted to estimate BTC's price using the stock-to-flow concept. Plan B has extensive knowledge in financial markets, as well as a legal and quantitative finance background.

Jinglan Wang
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Jinglan Wang is Co-founder and CEO at Optimism PBC, an Ethereum OVM that aims “to enhance and enshrine fair access to public goods on the internet through the development of open-source software.” She is also Executive Director of the Blockchain Education Network. Prior to this, she was Blockchain Product Manager at Nasdaq and Co-founder of Eximchain.

Erik Voorhees
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Erik Voorhees is CEO and Founder of ShapeShift, a zero-fee, self-custody crypto platform that allows users to seamlessly convert between digital assets. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of SatoshiDICE (a Bitcoin gambling website), FeedZeBirds (for Twitter advertising using Bitcoin), and Coinapult (for sending Bitcoin via SMS), as well as Head of Marketing at BitInstant.

Galia Benartzi
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Galia Benartzi is Co-founder and in Business Development at The Bprotocol Foundation, developing the Bancor protocol, which creates tradable smart tokens leveraging algorithmic pricing and the network effect. Prior to this, she was a Venture Partner at Founders Fund, Co-founder and CEO at Particle Code (acquired by Appcelerator), and VP of Business Development at Mytopia (acquired by 888).

Esteban Ordano
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Esteban Ordano is a software programmer who co-founded Decentraland (MANA) with Ari Meilich. He has worked on several open source projects, including Bitcore (a Javascript Bitcoin library) as well as the Copay Bitcoin Wallet. He has also worked as a teaching assistant.

Nathaniel Whittermore
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Nathaniel Whittermore serves as the host of The Breakdown, a popular daily crypto podcast with numerous followers. He also does marketing at FTX, and was part of the Ad Age Top 10 Marketers Of 2021 list. Nathaniel also served as the Principal of Learn Capital from 2011 to 2012 and is the current lead for NLW & CO, with a main focus on crypto marketing and strategy.

Anthony Pompliano
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Anthony Pompliano writes the Pomp Letter, a daily newsletter on finance, business, and investment with 90,000+ subscribers. A Co-founder and Partner at the blockchain and digital assets firm Morgan Creek Digital Assets (formerly Full Tilt Capital), he has invested $100+ million in early-stage startups. Prior to this, he was Product Manager at Facebook and in growth at Snapchat.

Nick Szabo
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Nick Szabo is a computer scientist and legal expert who developed the concept of “smart contracts,” bringing contract law and reliability to digital transactions. He also designed the digital currency bit gold, which was never adopted but is a direct precursor to Bitcoin. He has been rumored to be Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin—which he denies.

Katie Haun
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Kathryn Haun is a general partner at Andreessen Horrowitz's crypto division, that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future of finance. Prior to Andreessen Horrowitz, Haun spent a decade as a federal prosecutor focusing on fraud, cyber, and corporate crime alongside agencies including the SEC and the FBI.

Michael Arrington
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Michael Arrington is Founder and Editor of TechCrunch (acquired by AOL), Founder of CrunchBase, and Co-founder of CrunchFund. He is a partner at Arrington XRP Capital, a $100 million cryptocurrency startup fund denominated in XRP. He has also invested in Airbnb, Uber, Pinterest, and others. Time Magazine, Wired, and Forbes have recognized him as a highly influential figure.

Andre Cronje
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Andre Cronje is DeFi Architect at Ethereum and freelance, with projects including yearn.finance, curve.finance, and ytrade.finance. He is also Chief Crypto Code Reviewer at the ICO review and cryptocurrency media company CryptoBriefing. Prior to this, he was at the blockchain smart contract company Fantom Foundation and at FUSION Foundation, among other crypto-related projects.

Vinny Lingham
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Vinny Lingham is Co-founder and CEO of Civic, a digital wallet and identity verification startup; General Partner of Multicoin Capital, a crypto, blockchain, and token investment fund; and former Board Member at Bitcoin Foundation. A Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, he also co-founded the Cape Town technology seed fund Newtown Partners.

Tim Draper
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Tim Draper is Founder of Draper Associates, an early-stage Silicon Valley venture fund, and Draper University, a not-for-profit entrepreneurship school associated with Arizona State University. He is a Bitcoin and crypto advocate who received attention after buying 30,000 Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road website. His other investments include Coinbase, Tesla, Twitter, Robinhood, Skype, Baidu, and SpaceX.

Laura Shin
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Laura Shin is Host of the podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed, and her upcoming book will be published by PublicAffairs (Hachette). A crypto and blockchain journalist, she won the Blockchain Award for Most Insightful Journalist in 2016 and speaks at conferences. Former Senior Editor at Forbes, she wrote for CBS, LearnVest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Danny Ryan
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Danny Ryan is a researcher leading Eth2 at the Ethereum Foundation. Prior to this, he was a cryptocurrency investor and contributed to open-source Ethereum projects. He writes about Eth2 for the community and tweets about updates to this project.

Roneil Rumburg
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Roneil Rumburg serves as Audius' Co-Founder and CEO. Roneil has also served as an Engineering Partner at KPCB Edge. His primary concentration is on blockchain and computer vision startups. Rumburg has a computer engineering degree from Stanford.

Ari Paul
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Ari Paul is Co-founder and Chief Information Officer of BlockTower Capital, an investment firm with a large crypto portfolio and investments including Hedera Hashgraph (decentralized ledger), Origin Protocol (decentralized marketplace), and The Block (crypto media). He writes the blog The Cryptocurrency Investor. Listed in CIO Magazine’s 40 Under 40, he was previously Portfolio Manager at the University of Chicago.

Leah Wald
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Valkyrie Funds' CEO is Leah Wald, an economist with a background in asset management with an emphasis on value investment. Wald developed investment strategies for multi-billion dollar asset managers on worldwide macro strategy as a direct report to Vital Financial's CEO. Leah formerly worked at Exponential as the Vice President of Portfolio Management.

Robert Leshner
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Robert Leshner is Founder at Compound Finance, an autonomous, open-source protocol for developers. He is also an investor at Robot Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage fintech, blockchain, and crypto fund. Prior to this, he was Founder at Safe Shepherd, a 500 Startups company that finds and removes personal information from the internet, and Product Lead at Postmates.

Emin Gün Sirer
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Emin Gün Sirer is Founder and CEO at Ava Labs, developers of the decentralized, scalable Avalanche ecosystem and AVAX. He is also Associate Professor at Cornell University and Co-director of IC3, the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts. His contributions to crypto include the Karma system, Bitcoin-NG, Bitcoin Covenants, and co-writing the paper “Majority is not Enough, Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable.”

Preethi Kasireddy
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Preethi Kasireddy is a writer and autodidact who offers a free email course on cryptocurrency, leveraging her prior experience as a software engineer at Coinbase, a blockchain and smart contract engineer, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and as Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She is also Founder and CEO of the social network TruStory.

Pieter Wuille
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Pieter Wuille is an engineer at Chaincode Labs, a center for Bitcoin research and development. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and Core Tech Engineer at Blockstream, “the global leader in Bitcoin and blockchain technology.” His projects have included the scaling solution Segregated Witness, a multisignature scheme allowing more private transactions, and the Miniscript smart contract language.

Ryan Sean Adams
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Ryan Sean Adams serves as the Founder of Mythos Capital, a crypto asset investment firm which also provides services to crypto-based networks. Adams was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from Brock University with a degree in business administration. Adams was Vice President and Principal at Vivus Software, a technology consulting and human capital management firm, from 2003 until 2009. He also previously worked at Premier, Inc., a healthcare improvement firm, where he created new products, supervised engineering teams, and directed go-to-market for Premier's interoperability and platform services, until founding Mythos Capital in 2017.

Linda Xie
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Linda Xie is Co-founder of the cryptoasset investment management company Scalar Capital. Prior to this, she was Product Manager at Coinbase, focusing on legal and regulatory issues. She is also an advisor to 0x, a decentralized exchange using Ethereum, and appeared on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. She began her career as a Portfolio Risk Analyst at AIG.

Arianna Simpson
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Arianna Simpson is a Deal Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Managing Director at Autonomous Partners (ASP), a crypto hedge and venture capital fund focused on infrastructure, monetary use cases, security, privacy, and scalability. She is also on the board of Blockstack PBC, Arwen, and Stork Club. Prior to this, she was at BitGo and Facebook.

Amber Baldet
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Amber Baldet is Co-founder and CEO of Clovyr. A leader in the financial industry’s turn towards blockchain, she was Executive Director for Blockchain Center of Excellence at J.P. Morgan and is on the Blockchain Council of the World Economic Forum. Coindesk called her one of Blockchain’s 10 Most Influential people and she was on the Forbes 40 under 40 list.

Kristin Smith
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Kristin serves as the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, a trade association located in Washington, DC that represents more than 80 of the industry's leading enterprises, corporations, and firms. She is in charge of developing a strategic roadmap for public policy in the crypto sector.

Muneeb Ali
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Muneeb Ali is Co-founder of Blockstack, an open-source network to build Bitcoin apps and smart contracts, with 400+ apps built using their Stacks blockchain. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University, and his thesis was the basis for the Blockstack decentralized network. His work also led to the first SEC-qualified cryptoasset offering.

Jake Brukhman
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Jake Brukhman is Founder at CoinFund, one of the first blockchain investment funds in the US, and at First Edition, a digital gallery for art using nonfungible Crypto Painting tokens. As a technologist, his interests including blockchain, cryptoassets, digital crowdfunding, and decentralization. Prior to this, he was at Triton Research, Amazon, and Highbridge Capital Management.

Mike Belshe
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Mike Belshe is Co-founder and CEO at BitGo, offering institutional support for cryptoasset security, finance, trading, and custody. He also created Bitcoin’s first multi-signature web wallet. Prior to this, he founded Lookout Software (acquired by Microsoft) and was among the first 10 Google Chrome engineers. He also helped invent the SPDY protocol that eventually evolved into HTTP/2.0.

Roger Ver
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Roger Ver is CEO of Bitcoin.com and Partner at Bitangels. Owner of the first mainstream company to accept Bitcoin as payment, he was a leader in Bitcoin merchant adoption. He then funded the seed round for the first wave of major Bitcoin and blockchain businesses, including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Ripple, Kraken, BitPay, Z.cash, and others. He now advocates for Bitcoin Cash.

Eric Larchevêque
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Eric Larchevêque was CEO and is now Board Member of Ledger, the top company in crypto-asset security. He also founded the Bitcoin House in 2014, which was the first digital currency exchange in Europe, with a physical store in Paris. An investor and entrepreneur, he founded Montorgueil (acquired by Rentabiliweb) and Prixing (acquired by HighCo).

Bobby Ong
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Bobby Ong is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at CoinGecko, a data aggregator charting 7,000+ cryptocurrencies on 400+ exchanges. A researcher at Singapore University of Social Science, he has contributed to the books “Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion” and “Handbook of Digital Currency, 1st Edition.” He has also appeared in outlets including The Washington Post and Today Online.

Vansa Chatikavanij
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Vansa Chatikavanij is Co-founder and CEO at OMG Network (formerly Omise Blockchain Lab and OmiseGO). They seek to democratize access to financial services and provide a “trustless, non-custodial, Layer-2 scaling solution for transferring value” to the Ethereum ecosystem, serving governments, enterprises, and startups. Prior to this, she was a consultant to the World Bank Group and the IFC.

Matthew Roszak
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Matthew Roszak is Co-founder of Bloq, blockchain network infrastructure, Titan Mining, and Metronome Token. He is also Founding Partner at Tally Capital, a digital assets and blockchain investment firm with investments including Blockstream, Binance, and Orchid. He is also Chairman at the blockchain trade association Chamber of Digital Commerce and serves on the board of the blockchain not-for-profit organization BitGive.

Ran NeuNer
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Ran Neuner is Founder of Crypto Banter, a streaming call-in channel that is the first 24/7 crypto media outlet. The Host and Executive Producer of CNBC’s Crypto Trader, he is also the Co-founder and CEO of Onchain Capital, a blockchain and crypto investment advisory. Richtopia named him one of blockchain’s 10 most influential people.

Emilie Choi
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Emilie Choi is Coinbase's Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. Her areas of expertise include digital media, investments, corporate strategy, SaaS, consumer internet, mergers and acquisitions, company operations, business growth, international, and angel investing. Emilie formerly worked at Linkedin for 8 years as Vice President, Corporate and Business Development.

Dan Schulman
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Dan Schulman is President and CEO of PayPal, which has recently allowed users to buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies within their PayPal wallets. Prior to this, he was in leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T, NortonLifeLock, American Express, Sprint, Priceline, and others. He was also named by Fortune as one of the top 20 Businesspersons of the Year.

Charlie Lee
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Charlie Lee is Creator of Litecoin and Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation, where he leads efforts to increase adoption of Litecoin. Complimentary to Bitcoin, Litecoin allows for much faster, near zero-fee peer-to-peer transactions. Prior to this, he was Director of Engineering at Coinbase and a software engineer at Google.

Kain Warwick
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Kain Warwick is Founder of Synthetix, a synthetic asset platform using Ethereum and supporting fiat currencies and commodities. He is also Advisory Council Member at Blockchain Australia and Non-executive Director at blueshyft. Prior to this, he was Advisory Board Member and Investor for the app The Burger Collective, and he wrote the novel Bending Medal about artificial intelligence.